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Institut für Evolutionäre Anthropologie (IEA) Computer-Assisted Paleoanthropology

Simone Callegari

Simone Callegari

Senior Researcher, Anthropological Institute University of Zurich

Individual-based modeling of humans under climate stress

With Jody Weissmann and Natalie Tkachenko we are developing an agent-based modeling code for high-performance computing platforms, suited for large-scale studies of population dynamics in changing environments. In collaboration with the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre and the Institute for Computational Science.


  • Callegari, Weissmann, Tkachenko, Petersen, Lake, Ponce de Leon, Zollikofer (2013),
    An agent-based model of human dispersals at a global scale
    Advances in Complex Systems (link)

See my entry in Google Scholar or in the NASA Astrophysics Data System for astrophysics-related publications.


After a Bachelor degree in Physics, I graduated with a Master in Astrophysics and Space Physics at the University of Milano-Bicocca in 2006. Then, I moved to the University of Zurich where I completed my Ph.D. at the Institute for Theoretical Physics, with a dissertation on ''Massive Black Holes and Disk Galaxies in a Hierarchical Universe'' under the supervision of prof. Mayer.

Since 2011, I have been working as a Post-Doc and then Oberassistent in prof. Zollikofer's CAP group at the Anthropological Institute and Museum, bringing my expertise in high-performance numerical simulations to the field of agent-based models in palaeoanthropology.

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